Respite care means taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else.
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If you're aged 18 or older and have the mental ability to make financial, property and medical decisions for yourself, you can arrange for someone else to make these decisions for you in the future.
If you're over 18 and look after a partner, family member, or friend with an illness or disability, you can ask for a carer's assessment.
A person's behaviour can be defined as "challenging" if it puts them or those around them (such as their carer) at risk, or leads to a poorer quality of life.
If you support someone with a mental health problem, you may face slightly different or extra challenges.
If you're over 18 and looking after a disabled child that you have parental responsibility for, you can ask the council for a parent carer's needs assessment.
As there is no longer a national register of disabled people, technically you don't need to register as disabled.
Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation - and it can have a serious effect on health.
If you're a carer, try to make sure the person you care for eats and drinks well. Eating a limited diet or not getting enough food can lead to malnutrition.
Caring for a disabled child can make your daily parenting duties, such as feeding, toilet training and getting them to sleep, more challenging.
If you're under 18 and looking after a family member or friend who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol, get in touch to find out what kind of help you and your family can get.